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Posted Date: 12/02/2016

Remember the required UC cyber-awareness training you finished several months back? If you completed it about a year ago, then it’s nearly time to take the short, online refresher. Look for an email with details by January.

Posted Date: 11/16/2016

Faculty and TAs who have questions about UC Davis Canvas, especially its Grades tool, are invited to attend an open forum from noon to 1 on Dec. 2 in 1310 Surge III/The Grove.

Posted Date: 11/04/2016

Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 8, faculty, staff and students at UC Davis who use the Box cloud storage service can try out its new features and cleaner look.

According to Jeremy Phillips, who directs information technology for the Division of Social Sciences and helps oversees Box at UC Davis, the revision creates a “more streamlined and capable version of the web interface,” including:

    Posted Date: 10/27/2016

    As instructors gain experience using UC Davis Canvas, many want to learn about more than its core features. A new series of workshops will help satisfy that interest. 

    Posted Date: 10/24/2016

    Related topic: An FBI agent will discuss cybersecurity at a free lunch talk on campus from noon to 1 p.m. 10/26 in TC 3. See details.

    “Ransomware” is malicious code that hackers install on your computer to encrypt and lock up your files. Then they tell you to send them money if you want your data back.

    The volume of attacks has risen sharply, and although anyone can be a victim, education is a top target. But you can take some fairly simple steps to protect yourself.

    Posted Date: 10/13/2016

    SiteFarm, UC Davis’ modern web publishing platform, will be available to early adopters in a beta release starting October 19.

    Developers and communicators can use SiteFarm to build and manage websites. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes cloud hosting. Cascade, a content management system (CMS) adopted by the campus several years ago, continues to be available.

    Some of the features and benefits of SiteFarm are:

    Posted Date: 10/11/2016

    Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, is back online. So are the services that rely on Banner for student data, including myucdavis, SISWeb and SISDocs.

    A hardware failure took Banner offline early on Friday, Oct. 7. The vendor replaced the hardware that afternoon. Testing revealed additional errors, which were repaired, and the vendor recommended further scans and testing. Because the Banner data files are large, that work continued throughout the weekend and Monday. Technologists turned Banner back on at 5 a.m. today, Oct. 11.

    This website has more information about Banner. If you have questions, please contact the IT Express Service Desk at 530-754-HELP (4357).

    Posted Date: 10/07/2016

    A hardware failure caused Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, to become unavailable as of approximately 7:30 this morning, Oct. 7. Services that depend on Banner for data, including myucdavis, SISWeb, and SISDocs, are not currently available.

    The vendor, Oracle, has replaced the part that appears to have caused the failure. The campus has begun a process to restart and test the service. We expect the system to be up sometime this evening, but please check status.ucdavis.edu for updates.

    Posted Date: 10/01/2016

    UC Davis is active in several areas involving cybersecurity, and because October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, now is a good time to take stock.

    Posted Date: 09/29/2016

    Faculty can learn more about creating assignments in Canvas, and using Canvas as a gradebook, in two new advanced workshops that will be offered nearly a dozen times each this fall.

    The sessions are meant for instructors or TAs who have at least a basic knowledge of UC Davis Canvas, the new campus learning management system. The workshops will be led by one of the instructional technologists who work for Academic Technology Services in Information and Educational Technology.

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